Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

DMHAS Medical Division Director

Recruitment #191210-2731MD-001


Our mission at the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

We are seeking a dynamic full-time DMHAS Medical Division Director (PCN 109241) to join our Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), General Psychiatry Division (GPD) leadership team.

Located in Middletown, CT (1000 Silver Street), we are easily accessible off of Route 9. You will work 1st shift, Monday thru Friday, full time, 40 hours per week.

Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for supporting others? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? If so, we have an exciting opportunity to work with us.

Selection Plan

You will report to the Chief of Professional Services and serve as a member of a large psychiatric division’s leadership team.

In this role you will:

  • Actively ensure compliance with state and federal regulations pertaining to medical and psychiatric health care programs, services, and operations;
  • In conjunction with clinical leadership, deliver direct administrative and clinical supervision to psychiatrists and psychiatric APRNs covering 11 inpatient units and 1 outpatient residential unit within the CVH, GPD;
  • Provides clinical oversight to the interdisciplinary treatment teams;
  • Conduct critical incident reviews.

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Chair and/or participate in risk management committees such as Division Review Committee;
  • Handle the acuity of the patients within the Division - conducting oversight of patients on Special Observation ensuring patient safety, monitoring appropriate use of Special Observation levels (such as CO and 1:1), and consulting on high risk patients and follow up on their progress;
  • Attend and participate in case conferences chaired by the Medical Director.

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your Resume in the 'Resume Tab' of your application. Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: copies of License to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.

Questions regarding this recruitment should be directed to Robert Paolitto, or (860) 262-5867.


In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Valley Hospital, this class is accountable for administering agency medical, clinical and behavioral health services programs and operations, within a division.


Directs staff, services, and programs of a designated hospital, facility, regional medical area or behavioral health program; develops, implements, and evaluates policies, goals, and objectives to ensure conformance with agency mission, goals, objectives, and statutory provisions; assists in development of programs and activities including development of medical service standards and criteria; implements new procedures and procedural revisions; determines or assists in determination of appropriate staffing levels and directs or assists in management and coordination of staff; implements staff performance review standards; maintains contact with individuals both within and outside of agency who might impact on programs and services; administers state and federal regulations pertaining to medical and psychiatric health care programs, services, and operations; participates on various committees and boards; may testify in court as needed; may conduct training; may assist agency medical director in development, implementation, and evaluation of agency wide policies, goals, and objectives; may be responsible for coordination of accreditation activities; may serve as agency liaison with external medical, behavioral health planning, advisory groups, courts, and other state medical and service agencies; may monitor contracts with medical services vendors; may participate in quality assurance studies and investigations; may develop processes and practices to improve quality and cost of patient care; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of principles, practices, and issues of medicine and psychiatry with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health patients; considerable knowledge of recent developments in the field of psychiatry and medicine; knowledge of administration and clinical operations, functions, and systems involving medical service delivery; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable organizational skills; considerable analytical skills; ability to teach and provide clinical supervision.


Experience in a hospital, clinic or correctional facility as a board certified psychiatrist.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  3. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a faculty appointment at either the Yale School of Medicine or the UCONN School of Medicine.
  6. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
  7. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.